Winner of the 2017 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Outstanding Publication Award
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Libraries and the organizations that provide services to them are devoting more attention to system-wide organization of collections—whether the "system" is a consortium, a region or a country. As a strategy for saving space and money while expanding access to additional materials and resources, the value of shared collections is indubitable. This collected volume from the Association of Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) spotlights the histories and experiences of several collaborations at academic libraries. Contributors share winning strategies for intentional decision-making in developing and managing shared collections, both print and digital, with expert guidance such as:
With practical advice on issues such as governance and business models, demand driven acquisition, rare works, and access, this monograph is a valuable resource for academic library directors, administrators, and collection development leaders.
- analysis of six consortia case studies, ranging from giants like CIC and CARL to regional collaborations like the State of Maine and Manhattan research libraries
- elements to address in a memo of understanding among participating institutions
- risk assessment methodologies that enable institutions to focus local resources where they will provide the greatest return; and
- costs to anticipate for budgeting, such as collection analysis, space, validation, transport, staff, and administration.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface, by Dawn Hale
Part I Building Shared Collections1 Collaboration: The Master Key to Unlocking Twenty-First-Century Library Collections
Karla L. Strieb
2 Sustainable Governance and Business Models for Shared Print Collections
3 Scarce and Endangered Works: Using Network-Level Holdings Data in Preservation Decision-Making and Stewardship of the Printed Record
Jacob Nadal, Annie Peterson, and Dawn Aveline
Part II Shared Collections Case Studies
4 Creating a Regional Print Serial Program
5 Exploring Collaborative Stewardship of Government Information in the Southeast: The ASERL Collaborative Federal Depository Program
Cheryle Cole-Bennett, Sandra McAninch, and Heath Martin
6 Maine Shared Collections Strategy: A Statewide Approach to Shared Print Collections
7 Cooperative Collection Development: The Manhattan Research Library Initiative, Electronic Books, and the Scholarly Monograph at Risk
Angela Carreño and William Maltarich
8 Mile High Cooperation: Demand-Driven Acquisition in the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries
Michael Levine-Clark, Allison V. Level, Joan G. Lamborn, and George Machovec
9 Give Them What They Need: Rethinking Management, Aggregation, and Access for Digital Collections at the University of California
Sherri Berger and Catherine Mitchell
Part III Future Directions10 Risk, Value, Responsibility, and the Collective Collection
John McDonald and Robert H. Kieft
About the Authors
About the Editor
Dawn Hale is the Head of Technical Services at the Sheridan Libraries,
Johns Hopkins University, where she is responsible for the library’s acquisitions,
cataloging, and e-resources management and access. She served on the
Editorial Board of the ALCTS Monographs Series, on the LRTS Editorial
Board, the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award Committee, the ALA
Committee on Professional Ethics, the ALA Standards Committee, various
LITA scholarship committees, as well as on several OCLC groups.
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has been a division of the American Library Association since 1957, when the Resources and Technical Services Division (RTSD) was formed from the merger of several ALA units with common interests. In 1989, the membership of RTSD voted to change the name of the division to ALCTS. Its mission is to shape and respond nimbly to all matters related to the selection, identification, acquisition, organization, management, retrieval, and preservation of recorded knowledge through education, publication, and collaboration.
”With practical advice on issues such as governance and business models, demand driven acquisition, rare works, and access, this monograph is a valuable resource for academic library directors, administrators, and collection development leaders."
— Library Bookwatch
“These essays provide a solid overview of the collaboration landscape while also offering useful tips for those negotiating existing partnerships or contemplating new efforts. Recommended for LIS students and practitioners.”
— Library Journal
"From an impressive lineup of authors to a useful selection of distinct
projects, each one emblematic of a particular problem in cooperative collection
management, this work is impressive in both its variety and thematic
coherence. Each chapter builds upon the last to some extent to characterize an
approach to collection or metadata sharing that promotes the integration and
aggregation of local collections into their various networks."
— Technical Services Quarterly